Throughout the world cannabis is used by millions of people who do not wind up in jail although they may wind up a bit high. Governments insist that smoking marijuana is a terrible act which somehow will destroy the moral fabric of society. UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson dismissed a leading scientist who leads a committee charged with recommending policy regarding the use of cannabis. David Nutt, senior drug advisor of the committee has been critical of recommendations by Johnson to increase penalties on the use of cannabis. According to Professor Nutt: “if scientists are not allowed to engage in debate you devalue their contribution to policy making.
Of course, if Professor Nutt had given an interview supporting government policy he would have retained his position. The goal of Mr. Johnson is to have on board yes men, not those who speak with scientific knowledge